TMNT Reviews

  • This all-CG reboot is missing the goofy excitement of the old TMNT.

    Gregory Kirschling — Entertainment Weekly

  • The turtles themselves may look prettier, but are no smarter; torn irreparably from their countercultural roots, our superheroes on the half shell have been firmly co-opted by the industry their creators once sought to spoof.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • Words cannot easily express how profoundly unrewarding it is to revisit the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It takes more than an awkward title attempting to sound cool to overcome its mundane plot and silly dialogue.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • As a piece of film design, the movie is first-rate; on sheer aesthetics alone, it rivals Triumph of the Will for astonishments.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • TMNT is a junk-food pastry. The plot is the wrapper. The action is the oily sponge cake. And the message -- family, family, family -- is the processed cream filling.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Unlikely to achieve BFF status with the MMORPG set, this CGI feature is light on the LOL factor, heavy on the ADD action scenes, and, like, TOOIFM (Totally Out Of Its Freakin' Mind).

    Nathan Lee — Village Voice

  • These characters don't feel like the turtles of old; there's not enough excitement to reinvent the franchise, and just barely enough to revive it.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The animated fight scenes are both beautiful and realistic. You forget you're watching a computer-animated feature. In a film about ninja turtles, you couldn't really ask for anything more. Other than perhaps a sequel, that is.

    Misha Davenport — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Now and then one character accuses another of glorifying violence, 'that brute vigilante junk.' Talk about hypocrisy: Without the brute vigilante junk, this 82-minute picture would be approximately 2 minutes long.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • There's an attention to detail in the visuals and sound design that pushes it up several notches above most kiddie fare. It's not art, dude, but it will do.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Ditching the cheeky, self-aware wink that helped to excuse the concept's inherent corniness, the movie attempts to look polished and 'cool,' but the been-there animation can't compete with the then-cutting-edge puppetry of the 1990 live-action movie.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Time stands still during the many feeble jokes; the Turtles comic book came out in 1984, the last year you could get a laugh just by ending a sentence with the word 'dude.'

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It has a dreadful Ghostbusters-Stargate plot, virtually no decent jokes, but toss in a little digital skateboarding, a lot of digital swordfighting (gunplay, too), a couple of 'Cowabungas,' and you've got yourself a hit. They hope.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Worst of all is the lack of genuine laughs. Writer-director Kevin Munroe has apparently forgotten that the Ninja Turtle phenomenon started as rib-nudging parody.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Ultimately, the movie seems driven more by the need to keep a toy line and franchise alive than any creative inspiration.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • Despite the doll-like cartoonishness of the human figures (O Pixar, what hast thou wrought?), the filmmakers seem to expect us to take this animated romp seriously. Too seriously.

    Michael Ordona — Los Angeles Times

  • Whenever the amphibians are in action, the film finds a rhythm that mixes punk graphic cool and merch-friendly visuals.

    Luke Goodsell — Empire Magazine Australasia

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  • The characters were no longer constrained by rubber suits or the laws of physics.

    Kevin Carr — 7M Pictures

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